We love a smoothie in the morning, it really helps us start the day off well. Kefir smoothies have become a favourite breakfast item in our family and there are so many delicious variations to be made. This berry smoothie is one of our favourite smoothies made with kefir. We love making kefir and there are so many health benefits. I would encourage you to do your own research on this to find out how beneficial it can be.Read More
I love chocolate milk and especially this healthy homemade chocolate milk recipe made with juicy medjool dates and peanut butter powder! This recipe is so quick to make and makes a great after school snack for the kids or a treat for the bigger kids at home 😉
2/3 Pitted Medjool Dates
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter Powder
3 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp of Pumpkin Seeds
2 Tbsp of Sesame Seeds
1-2 cups of Almond Milk
You can vary the ingredient quantities a little here and there to your tastes.
Blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and serve cold. Adjust the almond milk or water for your preferred texture. My favourite is a double cream texture. In the winter I like to keep the blender on to serve it a little warmer, you could also warm it up on the cooker to make creamy hot chocolate.
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Finally I reached my two stone weight loss target!
Watch the video below for a full update of my weight loss journey so far! I hope you find inspiration for your own journey or inspiration to start because I didn’t even think I’d loose a few lbs never mind two stone! It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.
Weight & Diet Update
It felt amazing to finally reach my two stone goal! It was a big goal for me and I still can’t quite believe I have come this far. I worked really hard at my exercising and improving my eating habits. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I eat loads of plant based meals and I believe this contributed to my weight loss and general improvements of my health. I have however gained 2/3lbs since this video due to my over consumption of stodgy comforting foods. I blame the cold weather but I am back on track tomorrow so hopefully that will shift! hee hee!
I’m not bothered I feel happy with who I am and will continue working towards the next goal 😉
I have been journaling to help with my anxiety, this helps me focus on my direction, goals, to do list and change my negative patterns of thinking and just generally improves my mental well being. I quite often struggle with my thoughts and negative thinking and this has helped me to address these issues and change them around for the better. I’m not perfect but a work in progress!
I have changed my routine a little bit from doing step aerobics everyday. I ended up with a bit of a sore knee and realised I needed to vary it a little to avoid injury. So because of this I have included some strength training and yoga in every second day. This has helped with my strength throughout my cardio sessions and I’m happy with how it is working for me.
So before my workout I have a pre-workout shot made with the Motion Fitness Superfood Powder . I have found it to be a powerful blend and it has helped give me a boost especially throughout my cardio sessions. So I like to have this 30 minutes before my workout to give it time to absorb and do its magic! I use my smoothie builder to make a healthy repair smoothie for myself. This helps me to repair my body and top up my energy stores after my workout. I love using my Smoothie Builder to make up my repair smoothie. Sometimes I make smoothies which are not based on this format but this is pretty standard for me.
I have shared my ‘Smoothie Builder’ sheet in this video, of which you can find below. It details the categories of foods I add to my smoothies and you may find it helpful for your own smoothie combinations. In the video I mentioned a variety of super foods that I included in my smoothies from time to time. I have detailed where you can buy those below. Remember that the name Superfoods is just a marketing term and they are just foods which are nutritionally potent in various ways and turned into pills or powders (some are also fresh).
If you want to learn more or do your own Super food research then I would recommend checking out David Wolfe and some of his training courses. There are also a good selection of training courses on Mind Body Green they are definitely worth checking out and are affordable. Patrick Holfords selection of Nutrition books are also worth a read. They are packed with the latest health and nutrition research.
This image is what I do for my own personal smoothie making it is not dietary advice!!!
Please do your own research when it comes to your health needs and requirements.
If you have any questions then please drop me a line in the comments below.
Lots of love and good luck on your own health and fitness journey!